As Hurricane Norman nears, trade winds could be disrupted and high surf is rising for east shores

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A few heavy showers popped up over parts of Hawaii Island, but most of the heavy rains have cleared.  Light to moderate windward showers are expected to continue to move through the islands for much of the work week.

Surf for the east shores of the islands could rise and peak at 12-18 feet by Thursday. 

Trades winds returned to the islands today and should remain in place until Friday.  As Hurricane Norman moves closer to the islands, the trades could be interrupted into the weekend.

Across the Central and East Pacific there are two systems to watch: Hurricane Norman and Hurricane Olivia.

HURRICANE NORMAN: At 500 PM HST, the center of Hurricane Norman was located near latitude 19.8 North, longitude 145.5 West. Norman is moving toward the west near 12 mph. A continued westward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected tonight. Norman will turn toward the west-northwest on Wednesday, then turn toward the northwest on Wednesday night and Thursday.
 
Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph with higher gusts. Some increase in intensity is expected during the next 24 hours, with Norman expected to remain a hurricane into Thursday.
 
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

HURRICANE OLIVIA: At 800 PM PDT, the center of Hurricane Olivia was located near latitude 16.7 North, longitude 120.1 West. Olivia is moving toward the west near 12 mph, and this motion is expected
to continue through Wednesday.  A motion toward the west-northwest is expected Wednesday night and Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 mph with higher gusts.  Olivia is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some slow weakening is forecast to begin on Wednesday and should continue for the next few days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

 

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